B – The value of data

Barend M, van Haagen H, Chichester C et al. The value of data. Nature Genetics 2011;43(4):281-283
(doi: 10.1038/ng0411-281)

Data citation and the derivation of semantic constructs directly from datasets have now both found their place in scientific communication. The data-intensive sciences call for innovative ways of data sharing, stewardship and valuation. This article proposes a new way to represent data, information and, in particular, assertions in the form of nanopublications. A nanopublication is the smallest unit of publication: a single assertion associating two concepts by means of a predicate in machine-readable format with proper metadata on provenance and context.